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In 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America. Alicia is at once dazzled by the large and charismatic family, in particular the oldest son, a rising politician named Jack. Alicia and Jack are soon engaged, but his domineering father forbids the marriage.
And so, Alicia trades Hyannisport for Hollywood and eventually Rome. She dates famous actors and athletes and royalty, including Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, and Katharine Hepburn, all the while staying close with Jack. A decade after they meet, on the eve of Jack’s inauguration as the 35th president of the United States, the two must confront what they mean to each other.
The Summer I Met Jack is based on the fascinating real life of Alicia Corning Clark, a woman whom J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet about not only her romance with Jack Kennedy but also a baby they may have had together.
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By Nancy on 07-29-18
It's hard for me to read historical fiction about famous people because I want to know what's fact and what's fiction. I've read where the author says that it is all fiction, and I've read where she says that it's all based on facts with fiction in between the facts. I don't know what to think about this book and I don't have time or desire to start searching to know what's real and what's not! 500 pgs should have done that for me!